Bishop denounces Asian adoption profiteers
Bishop Elio Sgreccia, the newly appointed president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has denounced the "traffic in human lives" that has arisen in southeast Asia after the tsunami there.
In a report from Catholic World News, Bishop Sgreccia confirms that the tsunami left many children as orphans. Some unscrupulous agencies have begun offering adoption services at a cost-- in effect, setting a market for these bereaved children.
Bishop Sgreccia spoke of "the traffic in human lives, which unfortunately existed even before the tragedy, and which continues elsewhere in the world in the practice of illicit adoptions." He argued that: "Our civilization must make this disgrace disappear."
Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, the apostolic nuncio in Indonesia, says he has no direct evidence about illegal adoption services, but the Indonesian government has shown an active concern about profiteers working in that field.
The situation facing children in southeast Asia, the nuncio said, is "a tragedy within a tragedy." He explained: "There were quite a few victims among the children, and many others have been left without parents. Their situation is really difficult, especially from a psychological perspective."
While some adoption services have apparently begun to prey on these needy children, Church officials emphasize that other, responsible adoption agencies are also moving in to help the children, by offering careful placement of needy children in loving homes.
Bishop denounces Asian adoption profiteers (Catholic World News 4/1/05)
Pontifical Academy for Life
Caritas Australia | Caritas Australia Asian Eathquake/Tsunami Appeal
Pope praises human solidarity after tsunami tragedy (CathNews 4/1/05)
Australian Church sends prayers and support to tsunami victims (CathNews 4/1/05)
Trafficking risk for child victims (Herald Sun 5/1/05)
Sri Lankan Bishops urge prayers and action for survivors (Asia News 4/1/05)
Accounts of Surviving Tsunami Waves (Catholic Online 3/1/05)
5 Jan 2005